Since opening on November 9, 2001, the Dolby Theatre (originally the Kodak) has been the official, and purpose built, venue for the annual Academy Awards ceremony.
Located along Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, the Dolby Theatre's technical design makes it especially effective for hosting televised events. In addition to the annual Oscars telecast, the Dolby Theatre regularly hosts concerts, theatrical productions, live events, and television shows like America's Got Talent and American Idol.
Just two weeks after the Academy Awards ceremony last year I had the opportunity to get a closer look at this iconic venue during another series of travel shoots. From admiring the view in the front row of the auditorium to following the backstage path that the winners take to meet the press, exploring the Dolby Theatre like this was a bucket list experience come true.